The World’s Most humble & Poorest President Reign comes to end, He too had the money, but outgoing Uruguay president Jose Mujica ‘Pepe’ was giving away 90% of his approximately $12,000 (Shs 34m) salary to charity because “he has no need for it”
“All I do is live like the majority of my people, not the minority. I’m living a normal life and Italian, Spanish leaders should also live as their people do. They shouldn’t be aspiring to or copying a rich minority.”, he said in earlier interviews with the BBC.
Since he got elected, Pepe did not change his lifestyle or even move to the Presidential palace. He continued to drive a 1987 Volkswagen Beetle, lived with his wife and their family dogs in their modest house. Last year, he even rejected a a $1m (Shs 2.8bn) offer for his Beetle from a certain rich Arab Sheik.
“This world is crazy, crazy! People are amazed by normal things and that obsession worries me!” His presidency has partly contributed to bringing down the public debt-to-GDP ratio – from 100 percent in 2003 to 60 percent by 2014, reduced the dollarisation from 80% in 2002 to 50% in 2014 according to rt.com.
He legalised abortion, same-sex marriages and marijuana – saying “Marijuana is another plague, another addiction. Some say its good but no, that’s rubbish. Not marijuana, tobacco or alcohol – the only good addiction is love!…
But 150,000 people smoke [marijuana] here and I couldn’t leave them at the mercy of drugs traffickers,” he says. “It’s easier to control something if it’s legal and that’s why we’ve done this.”